Participating in a music program provides many of the same benefits as participating
in sports. Teamwork, discipline, focus, and fun are just some of them. A music program
will also improve your child's thinking skills and physical coordination.
Other important benefits include:
Learning creative thinking
Learning to express feelings and emotions
Improving language and reasoning skills
Some studies show music programs can raise intelligence (like IQ) and college entrance
test (like SAT) scores. Music can also improve something called spatial intelligence. This
important ability helps with seeing the world and making sense out of what is seen.
One study found that children who took music lessons for 1 year increased their IQ
scores by 2.5 points compared with children who didn’t have music lessons. The study
suggests that the increase in IQ may be because of the focused attention, memorization,
and concentration skills needed to study music.
Music and other art programs help to increase your child's imagination and the confidence
needed to make decisions on his or her own.